Welcome Andrew Coppolino
Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer-In-Residence 2022
We’re excited to welcome Andrew Coppolino to Stratford Chefs School as this year’s Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer-In-Residence (JHGWIR). During his two-week residence in Stratford, Andrew will lead workshops about food writing, provide one-on-one consultations with students who are interested in food writing, and discuss his work at ‘Eating Words‘, a FREE public event on Thursday, November 24. The JHGWIR advances food writing as an important source of knowledge about food culture, and helps engage the public in experiencing, enjoying and understanding the gastronomy of our time.
Andrew Coppolino is a Waterloo region-based food commentator and food columnist for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo 89.1 and The Kitchener Post. He has published in Culinary Trends and Restaurant Report magazines (US), Avenue Calgary, Whiskey Magazine (UK) and is co-author of Cooking with Shakespeare (Greenwood Press, 2008). He was formerly a restaurant reviewer with the Waterloo Region Record and Echo Weekly.
In 2018, Coppolino published Farm to Table: Celebrating Stratford Chefs School Alumni, Recipes & Perth County Producers (Swan Parade Press).
Andrew credits time spent cooking professionally as an apprentice chef at 20 King Restaurant in downtown Kitchener as the experience that helped him decide that he wanted to work with food from the other side of the stove, so he started writing about it!
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As part of their hands-on training, SCS Students prepare and serve innovative 4+ course Dinner menus, overseen by their Chef Instructors, for you to enjoy Tuesday through Saturday. There is a unique menu each night; the season begins with our Modern Classics and the new International Small Plates Tasting Menu Series, with Chef Instructor Randi Rudner leading the Student Chef team, on select Saturday evenings.
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“When I decided to be a chef, I made it a goal to pick the best culinary school in the country to build a solid foundation. I chose the Stratford Chefs School, mostly for its reputation for producing talent, for its intense training program, and for the intimate student – teacher ratio. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am in my career without the connections I made and the skills that I learned there.”
Carl Heinrich | Executive Chef and Co-owner, Richmond Station, Toronto | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2005 | Top Chef Canada 2012
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